Mapping Controversies - History


The term "mapping controversies" was first suggested in relation to analysis of scientific and technological controversies, and then lately re-affirmed as a widely applicable methodological approach going beyond the boundaries of Science Studies. It is usually used for the methodology that identifies and tracks down the polemics or debate surrounding a scientific fact, and utilises various visualisation tools to present the problem in its complexity.

Recently Latour initiated the project "Mapping Controversies on Science for Politics (MACOSPOL)". The showcase website is

In 2008-2009 several universities in Europe and USA started teaching "Mapping Controversies" courses for students in political sciences, engineering, and architecture.

An earlier attempt to stage controversies in museum settings took place at the Gallery of Research in Vienna in 2005.

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